Hermanus Travel Guide

 

Description

This lovely town, on the coastal area of the Overberg, is most well known for its awesome land based whale watching.

Most of Hermanus’ shoreline is rocky cliff, quite high above Walker Bay so it offers fantastic viewpoints from which to observe the huge southern right whales as they come into the bay to mate, calve and just hang out in the (relatively) warm water. (It’s warmer than Antarctica.) A whale crier blows a horn made from kelp and informs locals and tourists alike where the whales are to be found at any given time. The whales usually arrive in late winter – towards the end of June or beginning of July – and stay until autumn, with the last stragglers heading back down south in November, or even December. The town holds a whale festival every year from the end of September to the beginning of October.

There is a fabulous path, most of which is wheelchair-friendly, along the cliff top. As well as the lovely sea views and sightings of whales, there are many pretty and fragrant flowers. It is a wonderful path and it’s generally safe but use your common sense and don’t walk alone on it when there are hardly any other people about. There is also a boat based whale watching operator based in the New Harbour. Other attractions in this lovely town include a wine tasting cellar, a museum, in which you can see many exhibits pertaining to whaling and fishing, and a golf course.

The nearby Hermanus Lagoon is a great place to sail or paddle, and the paragliding is excellent. The diving is great and Hermanus is a popular beach destination, even though there is only one beach. For nature lovers a visit to the Fernkloof Nature Reserve is a great way to get up close to the dainty montane coastal fynbos which attracts scores of jewel bright sunbirds and elegant sugarbirds which flit about the proteas. There are loads of marked trails for strolls or long walks taking in the extensive views of Walker Bay.

Hermanus is just bursting at the seams with good restaurants, lovely guest houses and characterful hotels.

In and Around

Accommodation near Hermanus

*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling distance.

from R560
1 night, 2 adults

Die Seemeeue

Sleeps 7 Vermont ZA Self-catering in Vermont ZA

Die Seemeeue was established in 1998 and is a cosy and homely accommodation, well known for its pano...

from R500
1 night, 2 adults

Whale Coast Lodge

Sleeps 28 Westcliff (Hermanus) Lodge in Westcliff (Hermanus)

Whale Coast Lodge and Cottages is a luxurious child friendly home where children have space to play....

from R600
1 night, 2 adults

Sandbaai Country House

Sleeps 26 Sandbaai Bed and Breakfast in Sandbaai

Sandbaai Country House is situated near Hermanus and offers classic beachfront luxury accommodation....

The Garden House
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from R1300
1 night, 2 adults

The Garden House

Sleeps 6 Onrus Self-catering in Onrus

This quaint wooden house is situated within a lovely garden in Onrus, in the Western Cape of South A...

from R1800
1 night, 2 adults

@ Onrus

Sleeps 8 Onrus Self-catering in Onrus

This is a beautiful and modern Greek-style house situated in Onrus, within walking distance to the b...

from R800
1 night, 2 adults

D'Vine View

Sleeps 8 Sandbaai Bed and Breakfast in Sandbaai

Welcome to Sandbaai, Hermanus and D’Vine. D’Vine View offers two B & B units and one self-catering c...

from R4000
1 night, 2 adults

Le Paradis Penthouse Apartment

Sleeps 4 Hermanus Self-catering in Hermanus

Le Paradis Penthouse is a sea-facing, self-catering apartment, located in a secure block of suites i...

from R700
1 night, 2 adults

Sea Cottage / Seekothuisie

Sleeps 4 Voelklip Self-catering in Voelklip

The Sea Cottage / Seekothuisie is a comfortably furnished three-bedroomed cottage in Hermanus.

from R2500
1 night, 2 adults

Lagoon View

Sleeps 7 Hermanus Self-catering in Hermanus

Lagoon View is a luxurious three-bedroom house situated in a private estate between Hermanus and Sta...

from R690
1 night, 2 adults

Pat's Place

Sleeps 18 Fernkloof Guest House in Fernkloof

The guest house is conveniently situated a stone's throw away from the middle of the 12 km cliff pat...